Highlights of Pope Francis recent Encyclical “Laudato Si”,

FullSizeRender                       Highlights of Pope Francis  recent Encyclical   “Laudato Si”

In his recent Encyclical  Laudato si   (Praise be to you) –
Pope Francis inspires us to make the world “our common home”. a better place  “The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us”
Full text.  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/

On waste
The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.
On the extinction of species
Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.
On God’s love
The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.
On climate change
A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.
On the need for action
Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth. The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.
On consumerism
Less is more.” A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment.
Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.
On abortion
Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”.
On embryo experimentation
It is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same
principles to human life. There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living human embryos. We forget that the inalienable worth of a human being transcends his or her degree of development.
On gender ideology
Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognise myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”.
On progress
There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere.
This is not to reject the possibilities which technology continues to offer us. But humanity has changed profoundly, and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction. It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. If architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalised technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony.
Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything. Otherwise we would simply legitimate the present situation and need new forms of escapism to help us endure the emptiness.
All of this shows the urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution. Science and technology are not neutral; from the beginning to the end of a process, various intentions and possibilities are in play and can take on distinct shapes. Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way, to appropriate the positive and sustainable progress which has been made, but also to recover the values and the great goals swept away by our unrestrained delusions of grandeur.               The Catholic Herald   20/6/2015

Full text.  http://www.papalencyclicals.net/

14th June 2015 – 11th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)

images Dear Readers
There will  only be the short Parish Bulletin until the end of August.
We wish you all a happy, enjoyable and safe  Summer.
Every good wish and blessing,
From – The Bulletin Team.

 

  • The Presentation Brothers are organising a pilgrimage from Cork to Lough Derg (Friday, 26th – Sunday, 28th June) for young adults (18-40). Full details at Contact Andrew at 01-2300824 or  comms@PresentationBrothers.org
  • Thank You: The Parish Assembly thank all who supported the Ice cream day for Down Syndrome Ireland  last weekend €644 was raised,
  • We welcome Sister Maureen Grant of the Columban Sisters who is with us this weekend to tell us of the missionary work of the Columban Sisters.
  • Trocaire:  Our thanks to all who supported The Trocaire Box Lenten Campaign
    The Parishioners and the Pupils of Bun Scoil Chriost Ri  contributed  €5,817. Sincere thanks
  •   Rev. Pat Nugent, was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Cork & Ross with nine of his classmates in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Pat will, with God’s help, be ordained a priest of the diocese next year.
    Pat is a native of Co Clare but has spent most of his life in Cork where he taught at post-primary and third-level before going on to study for the priesthood.
    We congratulate Pat and his family on this happy occasion.

 

  • Bulletin:  During the holidays we will have the short bulletin.

 

An English Spring – Memoirs – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac
In Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor’s memoir we hear the authentic sound of faith
In spite of the season of the year, at first I didn’t get the significance of the title. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor takes it from a sermon by Blessed John Henry Newman to the first synod of the restored hierarchy of England and Wales, at Oscott in 1852. Newman speaks of his hopes for a “second spring” for the Church in this country, but reminds the congregation that they can hardly be surprised if it turns out to be an English spring: unpredictable weather, “cold showers and sudden storms”.
Indeed, and it’s good to be reminded from the outset of these memoirs what a progressively uncertain world it must have seemed to the young Cormac. In his early years matters stood differently. He explains in his introduction that “the Church I was brought up in was, in a way, a kind of fortress”. Not that any sort of fretfulness about the state of the world or anxiety for its future should be inferred – not all. The good humour lasted throughout the turbulences and sadnesses that were to come.
A significant aspect of the charm of these memoirs lies in the serenity and good will of their author. This is a book which does the reader good: it leaves him or her feeling in a better mood and a bit saner about the human condition than might otherwise reasonably be the case.
If you are as old as the cardinal, then you have witnessed world war followed by a Cold War, the emergence of a new Europe, the Second Vatican Council and its impact, ecumenism as a major concern of the Church, the dissolution of social and political orders, and the new globalisation. You remember eight popes. This wider background illuminates Cormac’s own experience as a priest and confidant of the major figures in the Church in this country at the time: Cardinal Heenan, Archbishop Worlock and Cardinal Hume.
He knew Rome (though he was 67 years old before he came to live in London) from being a student at the English College and later as the college’s rector in 1971-77. This gave him a useful assurance in his dealings with the Vatican, not least when he had his own diocese in Arundel and Brighton in 1977-2000. Contacts and friendships with members of the royal family, archbishops of Canterbury, politicians and some of the larger personalities of his era are observed with kindliness and acuity. But the palm has to go to the Queen Mother. After lunch, Cormac and the Queen Mother were singing wartime songs to each other. She sang one.
“I thought I knew all the songs of the Second World War, but I have never heard of that one,” he said.
“You wouldn’t,” she said. “It was a hit tune in 1910.”
Why did I find this easy to read and comforting book so compelling? It provoked deep reflection on the times through which its author has lived. The story’s starting point in every sense was the power of the model of the family, the first formatting of personality for Cormac. His experience of family life was happy – simply that. Irish roots and strong culture, and the example of their parents, made it quite natural for three of the five Murphy-O’Connor boys to become priests. This was “the domestic church” of the family at its best.
Secondly, and probably in consequence, in these memoirs we are listening to a man who is comfortable in his own skin. He is untroubled by any angst of insecurity about identity, not fussed by the restlessness of the self-conscious intellectual, not burdened by ambition or great plans; instead, we hear the authentic sound of faith. It is plain and spoken with a benevolence which addresses the latent holiness in others.
It’s true we do not get a detailed record or commentary. There is a noticeable economy in the assessments of others and, of course, no indiscretions, never mind gossip. So some may cavil because their own special interests, such as debates about the liturgy or the role of women, have not been adequately covered for them. But by taking his stand on the level centre ground of orthodoxy, Cormac draws us in towards those truths he has served. We get a view from the inside outwards and not introspection, a view of the world which is extroverted and ecstatic, not self-referential.
The note of serenity is clear in Cormac’s use of the image of Jesus asleep in the boat while the storm builds up on the lake. Quietly, Cormac is reminding us that the promises of Christ are the ultimate security of the Christian, beyond the horizons of earthly troubles and earthly consciousness. He writes movingly of unhappy marriages and death, but nonetheless, as a cavalry officer might be forgiven for saying, he remains “good in traffic”.
For different readers there will be different delights in this book: photographs of Cormac the golfer, Cormac carrying an ashtray for Bishop Worlock, the brilliance of Sister Clement at lunch for the Queen at Archbishop’s House, Cormac and Bob Geldof at Westminster Cathedral – but for many there will be a renewed sense of gratitude for the gift of this cardinal and of priests altogether.                              Cardinal Cormac as well as having two brothers priests  Fr. Pat & Fr. Brian. He had three uncles Fr. Arthur, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Donal  and three first cousins Fr. Laurence OFM,  Fr. Jerome O.P. and Fr. Kerry

This article first appeared in the Catholic Herald magazine (15/5/15).

November 2014 Blessing of Graves and Prayers

SA400015.lores_                           November Blessings/Prayers at Cemeteries  2014

Sunday 2 Nov
St Josephs Tory Top Road 2.30pm
St James Chetwynd 3pm
Douglas 3pm
Rathcooney 3pm

Saturday 8 Nov
St Olivers Model Farm Road 2pm Mass

Sunday 9 Nov
St Michaels Blackrock 3pm
St Catherines Kilcully 3pm

Sunday 23 Nov
St Finbarrs Glasheen Road 2.30pm

Pope Francis prays for peace in Holy Land

       PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND:

On  Saturday 7th  June after the 6pm vigil Mass  we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 7.30.  to unite with Pope Francis and pray that his efforts to bring about unity, peace and justice in that part of the world will be blessed with success. During his visit to the Holy Land, the Holy Father spontaneously invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to the Vatican to pray for peace.  They have accepted his invitation and will meet for prayer on Sunday afternoon June 8th.  in the Vatican.

Pope Francis in Holy Land – visit to Yad Vashem

visit_pope_francis1Pope Francis was accompanied on this visit to Yad Vashem by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.

The Pope’s visit to Yad Vashem took place in the Hall of Remembrance, where he participated in a memorial ceremony, greeted six Holocaust survivors, delivered an address and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book. During the memorial ceremony, the Pope rekindled the Eternal Flame and laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Shoah. At the conclusion of the visit, he was presented with a replica of a Holocaust-era painting.

The Popes address:                                                                                                    Adam, where are you?” (cf. Gen 3:9). Where are you, o man? What have you come to? In this place, this memorial of the Shoah, we hear God’s question echo once more: “Adam, where are you?” This question is charged with all the sorrow of a Father who has lost his child. The Father knew the risk of freedom; he knew that his children could be lost… yet perhaps not even the Father could imagine so great a fall, so profound an abyss! Here, before the boundless tragedy of the Holocaust, That cry – “Where are you?” – echoes like a faint voice in an unfathomable abyss… Adam, who are you?  I no longer recognize you. Who are you, o man?  What have you become? Of what horror have you been capable? What made you fall to such depths? Certainly it is not the dust of the earth from which you were made. The dust of the earth is something good, the work of my hands. Certainly it is not the breath of life which I breathed into you. That breath comes from me, and it is something good (cf. Gen 2:7). No, this abyss is not merely the work of your own hands, your own heart… Who corrupted you?  Who disfigured you? Who led you to presume that you are the master of good and evil? Who convinced you that you were god? Not only did you torture and kill your brothers and sisters, but you sacrificed them to yourself, because you made yourself a god. Today, in this place, we hear once more the voice of God: “Adam, where are you?” From the ground there rises up a soft cry: “Have mercy on us, O Lord!” To you, O Lord our God, belongs righteousness; but to us confusion of face and shame (cf. Bar 1:15). A great evil has befallen us, such as never happened under the heavens (cf. Bar 2:2). Now, Lord, hear our prayer, hear our plea, save us in your mercy. Save us from this horror. Almighty Lord, a soul in anguish cries out to you. Hear, Lord, and have mercy! We have sinned against you. You reign for ever (cf. Bar 3:1-2). Remember us in your mercy. Grant us the grace to be ashamed of what we men have done, to be ashamed of this massive idolatry, of having despised and destroyed our own flesh which you formed from the earth, to which you gave life with your own breath of life. Never again, Lord, never again! “Adam, where are you?” Here we are, Lord, shamed by what man, created in your own image and likeness, was capable of doing.   Remember us in your mercy.

“Youth 2000 Ireland” Retreat in Turner’s Cross

corkday-1Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting a youth day retreat in Colaiste Chriost Rí, Turner’s Cross, Cork  Sat. 7th June from 10.30am to 6.30pm.  The day will consist of inspirational talks, testimonies, prayer, music and a lot more.   This is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere. For young people aged 16-35.  For more information see www.youth2000.ie or call 086 3049843

POPE FRANCIS WRITES A LETTER TO FAMILIES

POPE  FRANCIS  WRITES A LETTER TO FAMILIES ASKING THEM TO PRAY FOR THE  SYNOD IN OCTOBER>

article-2525287-1A19706B00000578-999_634x701“Dear Families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.

This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.

I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah. Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally ‘seen’ salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.”

New Parish Assembly 2014

New  Parish Assemblyturners cross pa 2014 003Br Aidan McHugh      Sheila-Anne Galvin     Patrick O’Donovan   Paula Murphy
Lynn Barbas    Bernadette Hegarty    Annmarie Cotter    Sharon O’Sullivan
Betty Mullins     Olive Kenny    Breda Dempsey    Mary Rose Hickey
Clement Odigie      Ann Marie Barry    Geraldine Sheehan   Linda Espino
Irene C. Purificacion    Neil Murphy   Fr.Billy    Fr. Kerry                                           

The above are members of the third Parish Assembly nominated by the parishioners who have recently completed their formation sessions with Sr Karen from the Pastoral Development Office. The members have organised themselves into two working groups to facilitate realising their vision for the parish for the next three years. The two groups are: Liturgy & Faith Enrichment and Outreach. They nominated Br Aidan McHugh as their Chairperson We wish them well as they begin their ministry in the parish community and say a sincere thank you to the retiring Parish Assembly.

Pope Francis issues a Special Letter

joy of the gospelPope Francis has issued a special letter to the Church called an Apostolic Exhortation, the title of which is Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In it he exhorts the Church to joyfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all humanity not only in the way we speak and present ourselves to the world, but also in the way we act with a special care for the poor and marginalised. He says “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”